NHL Game Summary - Toronto at New Jersey|
(Saturday, April 6th)
Final Score: Toronto 2, New Jersey 1
Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - Tyler Bozak's third-period tally proved to be
the difference, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the New Jersey Devils, 2-1,
on Saturday at Prudential Center.
Leo Komarov also lit the lamp, while James Reimer registered 27 saves for the
Leafs, who have won four of their last five to take sole possession of fifth
place in the Eastern Conference.
"It was a big game for us," Reimer remarked. "It kind of feels like a playoff
game, so it was good for us to get the win. I thought the boys played great."
The Devils, meanwhile, are mired in a six-game losing streak and find
themselves three points back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern
David Clarkson scored the lone New Jersey goal, while Martin Brodeur stopped
16 shots in the setback.
"I don't think we're panicking. We have a lot of games left," Clarkson said of
his team's struggles. "We're a confident team, we believe in ourselves and
we're going to have to continue to keep pushing."
Toronto struck first just under four minutes in when Mark Fraser snapped a low
shot from the left point that Komarov redirected past Brodeur to make it 1-0
at the 3:49 mark.
After a scoreless second stanza, Toronto double its edge just over eight
minutes into the third when Phil Kessel's pass from his own zone sprang Bozak
on a breakaway.
Brodeur was able to get his stick on Bozak's backhander from in close, but the
puck knuckled off Brodeur's stick and crossed the goal line for a 2-0 lead at
the 8:02 mark.
New Jersey cut the lead in half under four minutes later when Marek Zidlicky
came up with a steal near the red line and fed Clarkson, who skated into the
slot before firing a wrister through the five-hole of Reimer to make it 2-1 at
the 11:37 mark.
Toronto forward Nikolai Kulemin was whistled for a penalty at the 19:17 mark
to give New Jersey life, but despite having a 6-on-4 advantage with Brodeur on
the bench, the Devils were unable to break through against Reimer, who posted
nine saves over the final 20 minutes to secure the victory for the Leafs.
New Jersey is 0-3-3 during its six-game slide ... New Jersey forward Ilya
Kovalchuk (shoulder) missed his sixth straight game ... The Devils fell to
10-7-2 at home this season ... Toronto has won both meetings with New Jersey
this season, including a 4-2 win on March 4 in Toronto.
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